Maalot Educational Network | Evaluated Learning Experience
Studies in the Book of Psalms (REL240)
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: identify various types of psalms, including psalms of repentance, prayer, lament, wisdom and praise; interpret and analyze selected sections of the Book of Psalms and relevant rabbinic literature; identify and describe key themes in both the Psalms and in pertinent Rabbinic literature; exhibit advanced skills in textual comprehension when searching for and understanding excerpts from the Bible, the Talmud, and early commentators.
Major topics taught in this course include: analysis of the various Psalms in their historical context; themes and explications of selected Psalms in light of classical commentaries and rabbinic sources; significance of various headings; Psalms of Thankfulness; acrostic Psalms; nearly-acrostic Psalms; Psalms of the Steps; B’nei Korach; “sela”; Psalms for the days of the week; “Why have You forsaken Me?”; “Ashrei”; reasons for suffering; Divine Providence through natural and supernatural means; the mitzvah of joy in mitzvos; “Hallelujah.”. Topics may vary. Methods of instruction include lecture, discussion, and textual preparation.